Networking Leadership 101

Build your core professional network

Course Details

  • Price: FREE
  • Start Date: OCT 10, 2017
  • Time: 1.5 hours/week 
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Partner: CCL

What You’ll Learn:

  • Understand the key characteristics of effective networks and network “traps” to avoid
  • Use online tools to visualize your current network and discover common network traps to avoid
  • Understand what it takes to be intentional about your network, and how to achieve quick and easy wins to get started
  • Identify specific ways you can cross a network boundary, make a new introduction, and deepen an existing relationship


At some point, you’re going to have call on others for feedback and support. Study after study demonstrates that the more leaders and organizations can manage and navigate their networks, the more they can achieve their goals. But despite its importance, networking sounds distasteful, self-serving, and even phony. We need new a mindset and strategy to maintain critical relationships or leverage existing ones.

Networking 101 will teach you how to build your core professional network. You’ll read about real people—reluctant networkers—who have made a significant impact through just a few connections with others.


Project-Based Course

Course Syllabus

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  • 2 reading guides highlighting case studies and examples
  • 2 workshop guides to help you map and understand your own network
  • Instructional videos from Phil Wilburn, a network scientist and faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership
Section 1: Diagnose Your Network
  • Video: Introduction from Phil Wilburn
  • Reading: Building Intentional Networks
  • Resource: Self-Reflection Guide: Why Do You Care about Networking?
  • Reading: The Networking Mindset
  • Reading: 3 Characteristics of Effective Networks
  • Reading 4: Wisdom from an Experienced Networker
  • Activity: Mapping Your Network Using New Tools
  • Activity: Complete a Socilab Network Visualization
  • Activity: Complete the Leader Network Diagnostic Tool
  • Resource: Group Discussion Guide
  • Video: Leader Network Diagnostic Walkthrough
  • Video: Diagnosing Network Traps
Section 2: Build Your Future Network
  • Video: Networking Leadership Week 2 Introduction
  • Reading: Reimagining Your Role
  • Activity: Business Card of the Future
  • Reading: 5 Quick Wins to Get Started
  • Reading: The Power of Latent Ties
  • Activity: Plan for My Current Relationships
  • Activity: Complete Your Network Plan
  • Video: Practical Tips for Building Your Network
  • Video: Nick’s Challenge
  • Supplemental Readings

Course Partners

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research.

What People Are Saying

Jessica Angeli Balbuena

"This is the best networking class I've taken; it gave me a very actionable way to build relationships in a mindful way. I was a reluctant networker, but with this class I feel better equipped to diversify my network."

Jessica Angeli Balbuena, Innovation Strategist